Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces was able to secure $182 million for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19 NDAA). The President’s budget request had called for a phase one of a new building at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), located at WPAFB, to be authorized at $116 million. Chairman Turner was able to secure funding for the full project rather than a phase of it, and in doing so added $66 million to the funding WPAFB would receive for the building.
“Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and NASIC play a huge role in our national security,” said Chairman Turner. “Central to NASIC’s mission is monitoring actions of North Korea, Iran, Russia, and other adversaries. As the threats to our country grow, so must our intelligence installations. NASIC has outgrown its current space and needs a new building to continue its important work. I fought for full funding of this project rather than partial funding because I know firsthand, as a senior member on both the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, how critical the work done at NASIC is in continuing our national security. I am proud to say I was able to authorize an additional $66 million above the President’s budget request, and NASIC will now receive $182 million for its new building over the next two years.”